other attractions Honolulu offers

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Other Attractions

Honolulu offers so many attractions. From an energetic hike up Diamond Head, to awe-inspiring whale watching, the choices are as diverse as our island’s landscape.

Hike Diamond Head
Located on the southeast coast of Oahu, not far from Waikiki, Diamond Head is one of the world's best-known volcanic craters. The view from the 760-foot summit is spectacular. The steep trail to the top is mostly paved and includes two sets of stairs — one set has 99 steps, the other set has 76 steps. They both lead to a 225-foot tunnel (bring a flashlight) and end with a spectacular view of the island's west side. This is also an excellent spot for whale watching during the winter months.
Tour Waikiki Aquarium
Discover the diversity and beauty of aquatic life below the deep waters of the Pacific at the Waikiki Aquarium. Located next to a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline, the Aquarium focuses its exhibits, programs and research on the diversity of aquatic, shoreline and reef inhabitants in Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Home to 2,500 animals representing 420 species, the Aquarium is proud of its world-renowned coral reef exhibits.
Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
Foster Botanical Gardens is a sea of green on the edge of downtown Honolulu and home to the nation's largest collection of tropical plants. The vast collection includes plantings of palms, heliconia, orchids, and a primitive cycad garden.
See Humpback Whales
Every year, thousands of humpback whales leave their summer feeding grounds in Alaska and set off for Hawaii. Some arrive as early as September and most will have completed the 3,000-mile journey in time for Christmas. Consider taking a tour to see these beautiful, intelligent animals during your visit to Hawaii.
Visit Pearl Harbor
The U.S.S Missouri secured its place in history as the site of Japan's unconditional surrender to the United States, bringing an end to World War II. Today the Missouri shares the harbor with the sunken U.S.S. Arizona, a memorial to all who lost their lives during the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Thus, both the beginning and end of the US’s involvement in World War II are memorialized at Pearl Harbor today in the form of these battleships. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Pearl Harbor Navy Base, located about 45 minutes west of Waikiki, and pay tribute to the many who lost their lives there.